Tirana – Today, we bring you an inspiring story from the vibrant city of Tirana, where a unique Superschools partnership is taking place. In the midst of plenty of other Superschools exchanges being implemented all over the region, there is also the exchange between the French International School from Tirana and Josip Broz Tito High School from Skopje. Yesterday students met each other for the first time, very much excited and thrilled about the interesting week ahead of them. Already on the second day of the agenda, they were visited by the RYCO Secretary General, Mr. Hani.
During the visit, one of the students expressed their excitement and appreciation for the exchange program. “I am really grateful to be here, meeting with other peers from Tirana. For now, it has been really fun sharing stories, learning from each other, and playing different games” – said Emilija from North Macedonia.
From the 21st – the 27th of May, students from both schools will embark on a journey of cultural exchange, learning, and friendship. The agenda for this exchange program is packed with various activities, including team-building games, a tour around the vibrant city of Tirana, and engaging workshops. The aim of the exchange is to foster the understanding that, despite cultural differences, the region shares common values.
During his welcoming remarks, Mr. Hani warmly interacted with the participants, emphasizing the significance of such initiatives in promoting regional unity and cooperation. He highlighted that by coming together and sharing experiences, students have the opportunity to broaden their perspectives, build lasting connections, and develop a sense of belonging within the region.
Until the end of the week, students and teachers will have the opportunity to get to know each other more and enjoy Tirana to the fullest.
Since 2021, the RYCO has been implementing the high school exchange program in the Western Balkans under the name of Superschools. Selected schools have the chance to implement school-to-school exchanges in their local communities as well as to participate in the program’s activities dedicated to their capacity building, networking, and cooperation. The program is co-financed by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) together with the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO).
The Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) is the intergovernmental organization dealing with peacebuilding, reconciliation, and cooperation among youth in the Western Balkans through youth exchange programs. RYCO is working for and with the youth on creating a better region by providing new, interesting, and valuable opportunities to young people, who are eager to bring positive change, explore and improve, by meeting peers from the region.